Three Sheffield exporters among 200 British growth stars

Pricecheck joint managing directorsMark Lythe and Debbie Harrison.
Pricecheck joint managing directorsMark Lythe and Debbie Harrison.

International brand wholesaler and distributor Pricecheck is one of three Sheffield firms in this year’s Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200.

It is the sixth time in nine years Pricecheck has been recognised among Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing export sales, over the last two years.

Evolution Power Tools managing director Matthew  Gavins

Evolution Power Tools managing director Matthew Gavins

It is at 130th on the list, up from 174 last year after posting 50 per cent export growth to £32.3m.

Boltmaker Cooper&Turner is 163rd and Evolution Power Tools is 185th.

Pricecheck distributes toiletries and operates in more than 80 countries.

It is headquartered in Beighton has turnover of more than £73m and employs 175.

Mark Lythe, joint managing director, said: “Pricecheck has bold growth plans which will see further expansion across existing and new territories in the next six years.

“In 2011, when we first appeared, our exports had grown from £2.2m to £5.3m. Now they stand at £32.3m. It’s a fantastic accolade and always encouraging to see our growth recognised externally.”

Established in 1978, Pricecheck is a second-generation, family-owned business, run by Mark and sister Debbie Harrison.

Cooper&Turner made the list after posting 40 per cent growth in export sales over the last two years to £46.2m. Total turnover was £60.2m, it employs 397. It was acquired by US private equity firm Watermill Group in 2017.

Evolution Power Tools saw export sales rise 35 per cent to £18.8m in two years. Total turnover is £40.3m and it employs 98.

Some 16 companies based in Yorkshire made the list.

Amanda Murphy, head of commercial banking at HSBC UK, said: “All the businesses have truly inspiring stories to tell about creativity, resilience and ambition to succeed.

“The 16 companies in Yorkshire are putting the region firmly on the map. They are the kinds of enterprises we are thrilled to support and that provide the backbone of our economy, today and tomorrow.”

Sheffield companies appear alongside well-known British brands including BrewDog, now valued at over £1bn. Others are connected to star names, such as Bulk Powders, which counts boxing champion Anthony Joshua among its athlete ambassadors.

This year is the 10th anniversary of International Track. Alumni include Aston Martin, Specsavers, Fever-Tree, and Lush – which featured on the first league table in 2010 with exports of £151m, and which have now hit £300m.